U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement regarding the Justice Department's decision today to drop all charges against former Senator Ted Stevens:
"I was pleased with the news that the Justice Department will drop all charges against Senator Ted Stevens, but I am deeply disturbed that the government can ruin a man's career and then say never mind.' There is nothing that will ever compensate for the loss of his reputation or leadership to the State of Alaska.
"Our nation is governed by the rule of law, and violations of our civil liberties cannot be tolerated. Prosecutors and law enforcement have the power to bring the full weight of the government to bear on individuals. If they are willing to bend the law, they put all of our civil liberties at risk."